1. A bold ambition
The Mayor has set out an ambition for the capital to be zero carbon by 2050, alongside a transport strategy to achieve 80% of journeys to be walking, cycling or public transport by 2041, paving the way for a city with the best air quality of any major city in the world.
2. Access to capital
At the epicentre of the world’s financial and insurance markets, London is a global leader in green finance. Green bonds listed on the London Stock Exchange have raised more than £25.3bn in seven different currencies.
London is also the second biggest source of capital for cleantech in the world after Silicon Valley, with VC investment that outstrips the rest of Europe.
3. A place where talent thrives
London is where world-leading expertise in technology, engineering, energy, finance, legal and environmental research all converge. Two of the world’s top 50 universities for engineering and technology are in London – UCL and Imperial College London, and the city boasts more software developers than many large European countries.
London is a global hotspot for cleantech innovation – innovation that addresses the causes and effects of man-made climate change.Professor Richard Templer
Imperial College London
4. Innovative infrastructure
The city’s electric vehicle charging network is one of the biggest of any urban area and London mandates vehicle-charging infrastructure in new developments.
To improve air quality, London also implemented the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), requiring most vehicles to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge to travel within the ULEZ area.
London’s ecosystem consists of a wide scope of businesses, public bodies and regulators, as well as a kaleidoscope of initiatives and spaces for entrepreneurs. From Advance London to Better Futures and from Sustainable Ventures to the Centre for Cleantech Innovation, London-based startups have access to the network and support to grow and thrive.
See a snapshot of London's cleantech scene
Investing in ambitious founders using technology to tackle big social and environmental problems.
Europe's leading climate innovation initiative.
Providing workspace and supporting sustainable businesses.
The #1 European Climate Innovation Accelerator.
Enabling and promoting circular economy across a wide range of stakeholders.
Working to create a hub for low-carbon and circular industries in London.
Providing advisory support on circular initiatives to SMEs in London.
Making energy simpler, cheaper and greener.
Providing research, consulting and events to catalyse opportunities for sustainable growth.
Converting citizens' footsteps into energy, data and rewards.
Developing solar-powered urban furniture for smart and sustainable cities.
The UK's largest independent solar company.
Healthy sustainable vegetables, grown under the city with zero effect on the environment.
Improving the sustainability of the built environment by transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated.
Planet-saving craft beer brewed with surplus fresh bread.
The environmental risk management platform that holistically tracks, monitors and predicts project environmental risk.
Insulating cold and draughty floors with robotic under floor insulation.
Providing a fun, fast and convenient way of travelling in the city.
Providing 100% renewable electricity.
Helping energy companies capture value in the shift towards green energy.
Every Ocean Bottle sold funds the collection of 1000 plastic bottles in weight.
Connecting you with a world of local sustainable energy innovation.
Official agents for rail and bus operators in Europe.
Waste recognition software to monitor, audit and sort waste at scale.
Channelling capital to accelerate the transition to a clean, resilient and environmentally sustainable economy.
A new generation of mobility software built for business.
Lettings software and services that improve the renting process for agents, landlords and tenants.
Making innovative, sustainable packaging and paper that’s kind to the planet.
Developing sustainable tyres for electric vehicles.
Improving financial performance, indoor comfort and environmental sustainability of buildings.
Data-led technology solutions which empower sustainable urban growth.
Helping clients harness the power of technology and data to transform towns and cities.
Data driven solutions to manage supply chain performance and risk.
A pioneer in clean air technology.
Pioneering smart ventilation control technology.
The first company to develop a fully automated drone-based method for cleaning solar panels.
Supporting businesses, governments and organisations to realise their plans for a sustainable and low carbon future.
Government department for energy and climate change.
A partnership of the Mayor of London and the London boroughs to improve waste and resource management.
The UK’s leading technology membership organisation.
Growing businesses with innovations in mobility services and the built environment.
The UK’s largest generator of low-carbon electricity.
A leading energy and services company focused on production and supply of energy, services and regeneration.
Providing energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability.
The UK leader in environmental solutions, providing a comprehensive range of waste, water and energy management services.
Reimagining energy for people and our planet and helping the world reach net zero.
Developing creative, comprehensive and sustainable engineering solutions.
A global engineering, management and development consultancy.
Bringing to market innovative solutions that deliver essential energy, healthcare and transportation infrastructure.
Providing energy services and solutions to satisfy the changing needs of all customers.
One of the most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies worldwide.
Providing engineering, architecture, design, planning, project management and consulting services for the built environment.
Design and consultancy for natural and built assets.
The world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm.
Imperial is the only university in the UK to focus exclusively on science, medicine, engineering and business.
One of the top 10 UK universities in the world.
A public university located in the London Borough of Newham.
An enterprising civic university with more than 18,000 students from 130 countries.
UCL ranks in the top 10 universities in the world for 2021.
The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Aiming to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges for a positive social and environmental impact.
Develop, invest in and create workspaces for sustainable businesses.
Specialist investor in energy and industrial high-tech companies.
Backing transformative tech companies.
Providing tailored funding solutions and support for ambitious and innovative SMEs.
An investment firm focused on these main sectors: telecommunications, health and media/technology.
The only angel investment syndicate in the UK specialising in the fight against climate change and global warming.
Investment strategies that are working towards creating a sustainable legacy for future generations.
Investing in and helping great young European companies that deliver sustainability through innovation.
ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank.
Investing in innovations that deliver clean growth.
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